Beauty in Decay/32

Been meaning to post this one for some time now…A decaying lily, that a friend produced from the top of her compost heap where it had been tossed! Seriously, I do some strange things in the pursuit of art! The rusty colour on the petals is pollen.

This is one that I took outdoors, rather than in my ‘studio’, and the challenge was how to achieve a background that wouldn’t interfere with the detail of the petals. in the end, I used a hedge a few feet away, took the image at quite a wide aperture, and did a bit of tweaking in Aperture and NikEfex.

Result? You tell me…

Lost lily

Lost lily

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49 comments

  1. It’s so stunning, Susan! The light is just perfect…you have certainly proven that there is beauty in decay!

  2. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    Sometimes they are even pretty when they decay! Awesome picture!

  3. I don’t know how you can see and CREATE such beauty out of dead flowers. You are magical. πŸ™‚

  4. shape, texture, crisp curls – looks like a swan reaching out or perhaps a dancer. Perhaps a touch more light? But I agree with the above comments – there is beauty in decay and you have shown that all too well, and you do have a magic eye. I have really enjoyed this series.

    • I agree re: the light, but in order to get the background ‘out of the way’, I went with this… Glad you are enjoying the series, it ain’t over yet!! πŸ™‚

  5. This is really stunning, Sue. You’re a genius. πŸ™‚

  6. It is absolutely beautiful! It has a wonderful air of elegance.

  7. I am with Cee. From something most would be sending to the compost you capture such beauty.

  8. I love the way you got this effect here Sue. I thought at first that the background was some kind of material, The contrast between the hedge and the lily is exquisite.

  9. poppytump

    Oh … just something beautifully sensual in this lily …

  10. vastlycurious.com

    YAY!

  11. This is beautiful. You are at the top of your game when it comes to lighting a subject.

  12. Thanks to this stunning series we have realized that the ephemeral is a form of the beautiful.

  13. You definitely achived it, it is a very striking photo!

  14. Love the sculptural effect Sue. Great job.

  15. absolutely beautiful in color, composition and beauty. I love decaying things. regards Mitza

  16. LOVE this one, true artwork. ❀

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